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On Muzharul Islam:

Surfacing Intention

Observing the interplay and occasional confrontation inherent among architectural spaces within an emergent nation-state, seventeen artists/ collaboratives respond to the built and unbuilt legacy of the ground- breaking Bangladeshi architect Muzharul Islam (1923–2012). Active in politics because of his own conviction that ‘it was the most architectural thing he could do’, Islam humbly and uncompromisingly forged an architectural movement in what was East Pakistan as part of a broader claim toward decolonial consciousness in the 1950s leading to the country’s independence in 1971. His buildings and ideas influenced multiple generations of Bangladeshi architects working today and subsequently international figures. Working across photography, painting, sculpture, performance, sound, and film, the artists in the exhibition present work that at once negotiates and builds worlds that are borne from the local environmental and cultural climate of Bangladesh. For Islam as well as these artists, architecture and art are conceived as benefiting all who make up the lands of any nation, no matter their origin, without the boundaries of class or caste. All images by Randhir Singh: Above: Haroon Mizra. Below: Marlon De Azambuja above Shezad Dawood.

Marlon Shezad

Image courtesy The Muzharul Islam Archive is a project of the Muzharul Islam Foundation. (Click on the image to visit the Archive)